Issue 19 - Friday 26th January 2024

Headteacher's Welcome

Dear Parkfield Families,

It has been an exciting and eventful week at Parkfield, filled with engaging activities and valuable learning experiences for our students. 

We were delighted to welcome our Year 6 families into school earlier this week for a reading lesson. Additionally, our Year 2 students had their second Edventure day of the year, creating memorable moments as they explored new educational horizons of being 'magical'. 

Yesterday, our Year 6 students embarked on an inspiring trip to Manchester Cathedral. They had the opportunity to appreciate the architectural marvels and intricate artwork, aligning with our RE curriculum visits. Over the course of their seven years at Parkfield, our children explore a diverse range of places of worship, fostering understanding and respect for different cultures and beliefs.

Looking ahead, we eagerly anticipate hosting our Year 5 families next Tuesday for a reading family learning event. These occasions provide valuable insights into our students' education and strengthen the bond between home and school.

Today, three members of our technology team, along with Mr. Haughton and myself, are in London visiting the BETT computing education show. This annual event offers us the chance to explore innovative educational products that could enhance our curriculum at Parkfield. We are excited about the possibilities and committed to ensuring the best learning experiences for your children.

Have a wonderful weekend and thanks for your continued support.

Mr Kemp



Next Tuesday 30th January, Y5 families are welcome to join us in the hall at 9am for our Spring term family learning event. In the session you will have the opportunity to work alongside your child during a reading session and we hope that it gives you some ideas to better support with reading at home. We look forward to seeing those that are able to attend.


Please keep checking the school calendar (found below or on the website) as it is regularly updated and includes the vast majority of the events for the remainder of the year.


If your child is interested in taking part in this year's contest, auditions are being held during dinner time on 12th, 13th and 14th February.


Please note that children should not be wearing apple watches or other gadgets which can take photographs or access the internet. They are not appropriate and are also likely to get lost or damaged.


A reminder that children must wear the correct PE kit on their PE days. If your child doesn't have a blue hoodie and white t-shirt, please send them into school in their normal uniform and they will be able to get changed before their PE lesson.  Please could you also make sure your child's hair is tied up on PE days.  Thank you.


Please also note that sometimes the clubs will not be on due to fixtures versus other Middleton schools.  This will be updated each week here on the newsletter and also on the school calendar.

Monday 29/01 - Year 3/4 Football

Tuesday 30/01 - Year 5/6 Football

Wednesday 31/01- Year 5/6 Multi sports (CANCELLED DUE TO YEAR 5/6 GIRLS FOOTBALL FIXTURE)

Thursday 01/02 - Year 3/4/5/6 Cross Country



In the news, there's a significant push on school attendance from the government, highlighting the crucial role regular attendance plays in a child's education. I wholeheartedly agree, as we've observed that students who miss school often find it challenging to catch up with their peers. Every lesson and every day truly matter.

Currently, our school's attendance stands at 93.9%, and I am optimistic about seeing this figure rise over the next few terms. Our target is 96%, and with your support, I am confident we can achieve it. The NHS has provided a helpful link for parents on what to do if your child is unwell, which you can find here

Additionally, if your child experiences diarrhoea or vomiting, please contact the school office to discuss symptoms and determine the best course of action for their absence. Depending on the circumstances, your child may be able to return after 24 hours.


We have now over 160 parents signed up! Click this link to set up a parent account which we will then approve. This will provide you with the opportunity to see how many Dojo points your child has earnt and what for. Please note that we are only using the app for Dojo points, not messages or photos, therefore you do not need any of the subscription options you might be offered. 


The vast majority of Parkfielders are logging in on a weekly basis to TTRS to help develop their quick recall of multiplication facts. More information about this great resource can be found here: 

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Mr Kemp is our Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) supported by Mrs Clawson and Mrs Smith (Deputy DSL). If you have any concerns about the needs or welfare of a pupil, please don't hesitate to contact the school. We all share a responsibility to our pupils safety and wellbeing.

As a school our promise is: We will listen, we will support and we will take action.

More information can be found on the school website here: 


As you are all aware, school attendance and punctuality is one of Parkfields priorities and I have been thrilled with the support that parents have been giving with regards to improving their children’s attendance.

Our school target is 96% this year and we need your continued support to ensure that we meet this mark.


Please note that, in line with the school policy, fines will be issued to families that go on a term time holiday where children miss 5 consecutive full days. Currently the fine is £60 per child per parent which equates to a £240 fine for a two parent family with two children. If you are going on holiday due to exceptional circumstances, please speak to the headteacher as a fine may not have to be issued. More information an be found on our attendance policy found here.

Persistent Absence 

Persistent absence is defined by the Government as attendance below 90%. This equates to 19 days or more of absence a year or 100+ lessons missed. If a child’s attendance drops below 90% this could lead to them becoming a safeguarding concern. This could also result in the authority taking legal action against parents, resulting in a fine or court appearance. Over the next few weeks I will be making contact by letter with the families of children whose attendance is below 90% to invite you into school for a discussion about how we can support you to improve your child’s attendance. 

Thank you so much to all the families who have been working hard to ensure children’s attendance and punctuality is high. Establishing early good habits really will make a positive difference to their lives. The link between attendance and achievement cannot be over stated. Your child will achieve better if they are in school every day. Only in very exceptional circumstances should a child be absent from school. Please ring the school office no later than 8.30am to report an absence.


Please get your child to school on time. Poor punctuality can lead to your child…  

At Parkfield children are to line up before school and doors open at 8.45am.  They close at 8.50am.

If you arrive after 8.50am you will have to come through the school office.






At Parkfield we promote the 5 ways to Wellbeing which can help children and adults to achieve a more positive lifestyle.

#THRIVE offer a local service for children and young people aged up to 19 years who are experiencing health and wellbeing issues such as feeling stressed, worried or not enjoying things. #Thrive can also provide advice and support to parents, carers and anyone that works with a child or young person. You can find out more information about the service by clicking here: 

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